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George Shearing: "Speaking about Johann Sebastian Bach I think he'd be a real jazzer if he were alive today. I mean any man who has two wives, twenty kids, gets kicked out of the church for being too harmonically radical and drinks beer can't be all wrong can he?" - (Crescendo March 1984.)

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Today Thursday December 12

Afternoon

Jazz

Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Holystone, Whitley Road, Holystone NE27 0DA. Tel: 0191 266 6173. 12:00pm. Free.

Note earlier time for this week only!

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Evening

Jazz

Hot Club du Nord - Lubetkin Theatre, East Durham College, Willerby Drive, Peterlee SR8 2RN. Tel: 0191 518 2000. 7:00pm. £10.00. (£5.00. under 18s). 'Jazz at the Lubetkin'.

Gala Big Band - Gala Theatre & Cinema, Millennium Place, Durham DH1 1WA. Tel: 03000 266 600. 7:30pm. £10.00. (£8.00. concs.). ‘Gala Big Band Does Christmas’.

Durham University Big Band - Dunelm House, New Elvet, Durham DH1 3AN. Tel: 0191 334 1777. Free. 7:30pm. ‘Jazzy Christmas’.

Indigo Jazz Voices - The Globe, Railway Street, Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7:30pm. £5.00. (£2.00. student).

Maine Street Jazzmen - Sunniside Social Club, Hollywell Lane, Sunniside, Gateshead NE16 5NJ. Tel: 0191 488 7347. 8:30pm. Free.

Tees Hot Club w. Gus Smith (vocals); Dave Stansfield (tenor sax); Ted Pearce (keys) - Dorman’s Club, Oxford Road, Middlesbrough TS5 5DT. Tel: 01642 823813. 8:30pm. Free.

New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band - Oxbridge, Oxbridge Lane, Stockton on Tees TS18 4AW. 8:30pm. £2.50.

Blues/Soul/Funk/Etc.

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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Thursday, October 24, 2013

CD Review: Jonathan Silk Big Band with Percy Pursglove - Uncouth.

Percy Pursglove, Matt Gough, Mike Adlington (tpt/flg); Nick Dunham, Sam Wooster (tpt); Kieran McLeod, Richard Foote, Rob Anstey, Tom Dunnett (tmb);  Mike Fletcher (alt/fl); Chris Maddock (alt/sop); John Fleming, Joe Wright (ten); Colin Mills (bar/bs clt.); Andy Bunting (pno); Tobie Carpenter (gtr); Nick Jurd (bs); Jonathan Silk (dms/comp/arr).
This is not your average 16 (or in this case 17) men swinging style big band  but rather a contemporary orchestra. At times, it's a thoughtful, contemplative ensemble. Featuring Percy Pursglove on trumpet and flugel it's difficult not to think of those Miles Davis/Gil Evans' collaborations or maybe Kenny Wheeler or Mike Gibbs. Rich textured harmonies behind Pursglove's cool statements and his puck-like agility on the faster numbers bring those illustrious grandmasters to mind.
Not that this is a turgid affair - far from it. The arrangements and compositions, all by Silk bar Spring Can Really Hang You Up the Most, are imaginative and because of their infinite variety never allow the interest to flag. Plus, apart from Pursglove, there is still plenty solo space for others. Mills' baritone swings out on JWTS and, on the same number, Joe Wright's tenor ventures into territory well north of Sopranoland.  . Adlington, McLeod, Foote, Fletcher, Maddock, Bunting and Carpenter also have extended solos during which Pursglove slips in unnoticed only to ultimately emerge with head unbowed.
Oh yes, in case I forget, leader Silk is always in the driving seat whether at the kit or leading the band through the complexities of his arrangements. This Silk Purs(e)glove combination wasn't derived from a sow's ear but from a highly tuned pair of musically perceptive "shells".
To check out samples or downloads of Jonathan Silk Big Band with Percy Pursglove - Uncouth click here.
Lance.

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